CNN’s chief business correspondent, Ali Velshi’s coverage of superstorm Sandy has gotten him a severe lash back. The coverage from Atlantic City showed him getting battered by the rain and trying hard not to get blown over and seemed quite heroic of him to risk it all to report on the disaster. However, he got plenty of criticism for taking undue risks “that carry with them very little possible information reward.”
CNN was also at the receiving end of the criticism for putting a reporter’s life at risk.
Dear CNN, If your reporter has to HOLD ON TO A TREE, we DO NOT WANT TO WATCH THEM OUT THERE.— Kate Linnea Welsh (@katelinnea) October 29, 2012
CNN pls let Ali Velshi out of the water #Sandy— christinalamb (@christinalamb) October 30, 2012
CNN, seriously. You have tortured Ali Velshi enough. Whatever he's done, he will never do it again. Let him go inside.— Mike Madden (@mikemadden) October 30, 2012
I feel like CNN could give us more accurate info re conditions on Atlantic City if they ran Ali Velshi up a flagpole— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) October 29, 2012
Somebody get Ali Velshi a fishing net so he can catch dinner for the crew while reporting live on air. #sandy— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) October 29, 2012
Ali Velshi responded to the criticism in a very positive vein saying, “Thereason we're on beaches and boardwalks is twofold: One is to convey the seriousness and two, because it hits the beach first. That's the reason we go into war zones and go to special events and places to where we can gain access to places that regular people cannot."
In an interview to Huffington Post Ali Velshi gave his side of the matter saying, 'I Think The Criticisms Are Well-Intentioned And Fair.' He added that the mode of coverage was important but the crew takes utmost care to be careful and safe.